Pac-Attack (パックアタック?), known in some Japanese and European releases as Pac-Panic, is a puzzle game in the vein of Columns and Dr. Mario. It was adapted from Cosmo Gang the Puzzle, an arcade game released in the previous year.
Identifier sg_Pac-Panic_1993_Namco_EU_enMediatype softwareScanner Internet Archive Python library 0.5.2Publicdate 2014-05-06 03:20:41Addeddate 2014-05-06 03:20:41Emulator_ext binEmulator megadrivCreator NamcoDate 1993Year 1993Language English
Released by Namco, it features Pac-Man as the main playing pieces, with the Ghosts and blocks as obstacles.
The game was initially published in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super NES. Game Gear and Game Boy versions followed in 1994. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color releases also feature a Super Game Boy enhanced color palette. Although Cosmo Gang the Puzzle was released to the arcades, there was never an arcade version of Pac-Attack. The game was also known as 'Pac-Man: Pac-Attack' and 'Pac-Panic'.
On a Tetris-like board the player drops blocks consisting of Ghosts, Blocks, Pac-Man, and one Fairy (if your Fairy Meter is full) to the ground. The objective is to not let the blocks overflow, let Pac-Man eat the ghosts, and make lines to shorten the amount of blocks on the board. When Pac-Man eats a ghost, the Fairy Meter goes up. Once full, a fairy will eventually be dropped. Once the fairy comes to a stop by landing on anything, it waves its wand and every ghost in the eight lines below it will disappear, often resulting in numerous lines being completed and simplifying the board. Once the fairy disappears, the score bonus is given, and gameplay continues.
Pac-Attack can also be played in 2-player mode. Player 1 must eat Blinky, while Player 2 must eat Sue, the purple ghost from Pac-Mania. As players eat ghosts and complete lines, they will drop ghosts on their opponent's board, messing up their board and bringing them closer to the top. This game can even be played in puzzle mode. The object of this mode is to smash all 100 stages by getting rid all of the ghosts on the board with the limited number of Pac-Man's for each stage. If you get a Game Over, all the regular blocks appear with red crosses on them, while Blinky and Sue over backwards laughing silently. However, you can try the level again.
The original releases on the SNES, Mega Drive, Game Gear, and Game Boy all share a similar interface and graphics (although these vary slightly due to different console's technical limitations) and they all have the same soundtrack (except for puzzle mode on SNES version).